Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

Fenerbahce striker Dirk Kuyt has explained that hearing about match-fixing in Turkey has turned his stomach.

European police organisation EUROPOL has presented the findings of an investigation which has shown that 680 games across the world are thought to have been fixed, with 380 of those in Europe and 79 of those in Turkey.

Kuyt, who turns out for Istanbul giants Fenerbahce, is concerned by the news, which troubles him deeply.

"When I think about it, it makes my stomach turn", he told reporters, while preparing for Holland’s friendly against Italy.

And Kuyt insists that he has "never had the feeling that these things are happening."


The Dutchman, who joined Fenerbahce from Liverpool last summer, can see that the problem is widespread though, something which again baffles him.

"It’s very surprising and it’s incomprehensible. It happens even apparently in the Champions League, where the rewards are so great."

The Turkish footballing authorities will aim to stamp out the match-fixing curse in their country, well aware that failure to do so could put off players of the calibre off Kuyt from moving to the Super Lig.

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